CENSUS 2020 Resources

About the 2020 Census

The decennial census is the once-a-decade population and housing count of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The results of the census determine the number of seats for each state in the U.S. House of Representatives and are used to draw state legislative and local districts. Federal agencies use the results to distribute more than $6 billion in federal funds to Kansas each year.

When does the 2020 Census start?

The next decennial census will be held in 2020. Every household in the United States will receive their invitation to participate by mid-March. After receiving your invitation, you can submit your responses via online, phone, or mail. Your participation in the 2020 Census is your way of saying “I count and so does my community.” Join Kansas Counts in our efforts to ensure every Kansas resident has the opportunity to participate—because everyone counts.

History of the U.S. Census

Thomas Jefferson directed the first decennial census in 1790. As required by the U.S. Constitution, a census has been taken every 10 years thereafter. In 1840, the Census Act authorized the establishment of a centralized Census Office. In 1902, the Census Office became a permanent organization within the Department of the Interior. A year later, it was renamed the Bureau of the Census and moved to the new Department of Commerce and Labor.

What is the U.S. Census Bureau?

The U.S. Census Bureau’s mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. The U.S. Census Bureau’s vision is to be the trusted source for timely and relevant statistical information, and the leader in data-driven information. Data is collected through the decennial census, the American Community Survey, the Economic Census and many other surveys.

What is the purpose of the census in 2020?

Population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors are used to determine the allocation of federal funds, grants and support to Kansas as well as to our counties, cities and communities. People in your community use Census Bureau data in all kinds of ways.

The census provides essential information for you, your city, your county, and the state of Kansas. 

Meet the Kansas Complete Count Committee

In 2019 Kansas Governor, Laura Kelly, signed an executive order convening a Kansas Complete Count Committee. The Kansas Department of Commerce provides support, as feasible, given existing resources to support the mission and activities of the committee. The KS CCC will promote and advertise the 2020 Census, respond to questions and concerns about the census, focus available resources on hard-to-count areas and populations, and ensure the highest participation rate possible.

NamePositionOrganizationCommittee Role
Brian McClendonResearch ProfessorThe University of KansasCo-Chair
Joyce WarshawVice MayorCity of Dodge CityCo-Chair
Doug BolineAssistant DirectorKansas State Department of EducationMember
Irene CaudilloPresidentEl Centro of Kansas CityMember
Doris ChangAssociate ProfessorWichita State UniversityMember
Robert CooperExecutive DirectorKansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of HearingMember
Kenya CoxExecutive DirectorKansas African American Affairs CommissionMember
Eric DavisChief Technology OfficerKansas Office of Information Technology ServicesMember
Janis DeBoerDeputy SecretaryKansas Department of Aging and Disability ServicesMember
Lindsey DouglasDeputy SecretaryKansas Department of TransportationMember
Kasey FeatherstonDirector of Refugee and Immigration ServicesKansas Catholic CharitiesMember
Tiara Marie FloydStudent Body PresidentThe University of KansasMember
Martha GabehartExecutive DirectorKansas Commission on Disability ConcernsMember
Delia GarciaSecretary of LaborKansas Department of LaborMember
Lisa Garcia-StewartCommissionerKansas Hispanic & Latino American Affairs CommissionMember
Robert F. GilliganGovernmental Relations SpecialistKansas Association of School BoardsMember
Doug GrahamPublic Relations ManagerGreenbush Southeast Kansas Education Service CenterMember
Janeé HanzlickCommissionerJohnson County GovernmentMember
Marieta HauserWomen’s Committee ChairKansas Farm BureauMember
Chris HowellExecutive DirectorKansas Office of Native American AffairsMember
Elena IvanovExecutive DirectorKansas Association of Community Action ProgramsMember
Amber JacksonAdvertising DirectorKansas Press AssociationMember
Brandon JohnsonCouncilmanCity of WichitaMember
David JordanPresidentUnited Methodist Health Ministry FundMember
Leslie KaufmanDirector of Government Relations and Legal CounselKansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.Member
Emily KelleyPartnership CoordinatorU.S. Census BureauMember
Cille KingCo-PresidentKansas League of Women VotersMember
Heather LansdowneCommunications DirectorKansas Department of AgricultureMember
Clay McCartyOwnerMcCarty Family FarmsMember
Janet McRaeEconomic Development DirectorMiami CountyMember
Robin NewellExecutive DirectorEmporia Public LibraryMember
Eric NorrisState LibrarianState Library of KansasMember
Jansen PennyStudent Body PresidentThe University of Kansas StateMember
Trudy RiceProgram Leader Coordinator/State SpecialistThe University of Kansas StateMember
Reggie RobinsonVice Chancellor for Public AffairsUniversity of Kansas School of Public Affairs & AdministrationMember
Eric RohlederDeputy DirectorKansas Commission on Veterans AffairsMember
Elizabeth “Lou” SaadiState Registrar and DirectorKansas Department of Health and EnvironmentMember
Scott SchwabKansas Secretary of StateOffice of the Secretary of StateMember
Henry SchwallerMayorCity of HaysMember
Kathleen SmithDirector of ResearchKansas Department of RevenueMember
Blanca SotoCampaign DirectorKansas AppleseedMember
Wendi StarkCensus Outreach ManagerLeague of Kansas MunicipalitiesMember
Tyler TenbrinkSenior Labor EconomistKansas Department of LaborMember
David TolandSecretary of CommerceKansas Department of CommerceMember
Becky TuttleCouncilwomanCity of WichitaMember
Stacey TweedyAssistant Regional DirectorKansas Department for Children and FamiliesMember
Elizabeth “Betsy” WearingCoordinator of Programs, Communications & New InitiativesDane G. Hansen FoundationMember
Xan WedelSenior Research Data EngineerKansas State Data CenterMember
Perry WigginsExecutive DirectorState of Kansas Military CouncilMember
John WilsonVice President of AdvocacyKansas Association for ChildrenMember

If you are a Kansas Resident and want to learn more about taking the census, please visit the Residents page. 

If you are a member of the Kansas Complete Count Committee; affiliated with a state agency, county or city government, or local Complete Count Committee Chair, please visit the Government Resources page.

If you would like information, have questions, or have requests for presentations regarding the 2020 Census, please visit the Census Contacts page.

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